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May 21, 2003
Second annual Mayor's Community Safety Award winners announced
  
Councillor Brad Duguid (Scarborough Centre Ward 38), Chair of the Task Force on
Community Safety, announced at a special ceremony today the recipients of the
2003 Mayor's Community Safety Awards. These awards recognize the contributions
of individuals and groups that have worked to make Toronto's communities safer.

"For the second year in a row, the response to these awards showed us how many
excellent initiatives are taking place across Toronto," said Councillor Duguid.
"The variety of directions taken by the award winners are excellent examples of
the many ways that communities across our City are active stakeholders in
promoting and enhancing safety for all of Toronto's citizens. We still have a
lot of work to do, but these award winners show us that we are not alone in our
efforts."

The awards also welcomed its first corporate sponsor, Bell Canada, which shares
a commitment to making Toronto a safer place to live, work and play. With the
involvement of Bell Canada, the cash value of each award has been increased
from $1,000 to $2,000, to be used to help continue violence prevention work.

"We applaud the effort and commitment that today's award winners have made
towards making our communities safer," said Kelly Mcdougald, Senior Vice
President, Bell Canada. "Bell Canada is proud to support the Mayor's Community
Safety Awards. Congratulations on a great initiative."

Developed by the Task Force on Community Safety, the Mayor's Community Safety
Awards recognize the contributions of people who work to make their communities
safer. A team of City of Toronto staff and representatives from the community
and business sector reviewed and assessed the nominations. One individual and
four organizations were recognized for their outstanding achievement. Along
with the cash award, each winner was also presented with a commemorative plaque.

The individual award for Outstanding Commitment to Community Safety was
presented to Sandra Pavan, who has been active in cleaning up her buildings at
2737 and 2757 Kipling Avenue. She has lobbied for the installation of an
underground Watch Program, participated in and completed a citizens' campaign
for stronger gun control, is an active member in the Central Ontario Crime
Prevention Association (COCPA), and participates in the Graffiti Removal
Program with the Toronto Police Service. She organized the first-ever "Pro
Active Building Audit" in Etobicoke, is the facilitator for Park Watch at Marie
Curtis and West Deane Parks, and is involved in many other activities that make
her community safer.

The Scarborough Women's Centre, winner of the award for Women who are Abused
and their Children, offers a wide range of programs to serve abused women and
their children, and also to promote safety for individuals and communities. Its
programs include Economic Self-Sufficiency, Safe Mother Education Project
(pre/post-natal sessions on how to prevent abuse), Mothers and Children at Risk
and the Battleground (building safety for women and their children after the
woman leaves her abuser).

This year's winner in the category of Youth Violence Prevention is the Regent
Park Focus Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse. This unique
organization uses the media to provide a special environment for youth. Youth
meet professionals in the media field, share a sense of belonging, and have an
opportunity to express their creative talents by helping to produce newspapers,
Web sites, radio shows, videos and through photography. The e.y.e. video studio
produced a video called Last Witness, which describes the murder of two young
people and examines the socio-economic factors that perpetuate violence in the
Black community. Regent Park Focus has also produced videos on drugs and media
materials on a variety of social issues.

Frontline Centre's Seniors' Billiard Program is the 2003 winner for
Strengthening Communities. This program, delivered in partnership with YorkWest
Seniors' Services, includes instruction and games that bring seniors together
with youth. The program was created to address the fear expressed by seniors
when interacting with youth. The program helps to build bridges and helps the
seniors overcome their sense of intimidation. The seniors and youth meet weekly
to play billiards, and to talk and engage in a safe and healthy environment.

The annual Mayor's Community Safety Awards are open to groups, individuals and
organizations located in the City of Toronto that provide support to Toronto
residents. Initiatives must have taken place within the past three years.

To find out about the 2003 winners, visit
http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/community_safety_awards/


Media Contact
Councillor Brad Duguid
416-392-0204

Catherine Hudon
Bell Canada Media Relations
416-581-3311

 

 

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